Sometimes, driver negligence may not be a factor in your auto crash. That means no vehicle driver was negligent or liable for the accident that caused your injuries. In this case, you have very limited options when it comes to seeking financial compensation. The first and most important step is to get in touch with a reliable Seattle car accident lawyer.
Though most vehicle accident cases involve pursuing a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance service provider, in some cases, neither of the drivers involved in an accident might be blamed. Keep in mind that there are factors outside the vehicle drivers’ control and can directly and exclusively because of their collision.
Once an investigation reveals that it is not the driver-related factors such as failure to yield, speeding, drowsy driving, alcohol impairment, distracted driving, and more, played a role in the accident, then, things become different. The injured passengers and drivers should seek alternate sources of financial compensation. Here are some of the common non-driver factors that contribute to vehicle accidents.
1. Vehicle defects
A car or its parts are considered ‘defective’ when they are unreasonably dangerous when used as intended. Note that every time you go for a drive, you should inspect your tires, transmission systems, steering, brakes, and other components of your car and ensure that they are working as expected. For instance, your car should come to a stop whenever you apply the brakes and must stop accelerating when you let off its gas.
Unfortunately, defects are very common. Nearly all components of a car have the potential to be defective. And nearly all types of defects could result in auto crashes. Whenever a defect results in a vehicle collision, the injured people can seek financial compensation from the vehicle manufacturer and any other company involved in the chain of distributing the vehicle or its parts.
2. Negligent repair and maintenance
Victims of vehicle accidents can seek compensation from the vehicle repair and maintenance shops when their faulty services are to blame for the collision. Technicians and mechanics can make mistakes just like any other professional, and both independent vehicle repair shops and dealerships can be held responsible whenever their employees make a costly mistake. While defect claims are subject to the so-called law of ‘strict liability,’ the usual negligence standard applies to all claims based on faulty vehicle repairs and maintenance.
3. Road defects
Sometimes, it isn’t an issue with a car that results in an auto crash, but rather an issue with the roadways. For instance, faulty road construction, lack of road maintenance, improper road design, lack of road lighting, and other issues can create dangerous conditions that might put drivers at risk of severe injuries. It is, therefore, important to understand that road defects often involve personal injury claims against government agencies.
If you are seeking compensation for injuries and property damage caused by an accident that didn’t involve other drivers, consider working with a lawyer.